By Victor Igherighe



Rt Hon Halims Agoda

Rt Hon Halims Agoda

With less than two weeks before the presidential and National Assembly elections, the All Progressives  Congress (APC) candidate for the Delta central senatorial election, Hon (Barr) Halims Oghenechuko Agoda, a.k.aOtutunobiotutu, has urged the Urhobo people to vote the candidate that will not sell out their right in the forthcoming Delta central senatorial election.


Agoda made this call at the occasion of award giving ceremony organized by the Idjerhe Clan Development Union (ICDU) in honour of the member representing Ethiope West constituency and deputy Majority Whip, Delta State House of Assembly, Chief (Barr) John Nani, held recently in Jesse.


He cautioned Urhobo to be wary of the choice of Senator to represent them at the National Assembly, saying that some of the candidates, if elected, will sell out Urhobo for their selfish political gains as they had done in the past.


The erstwhile House of Representative member, who represented Ethiope  Federal constituency for twelve (12) consecutive years, noted that he is the most qualified of all the candidates  for the Delta central Senatorial election  going by his wealth of experience as regards legislative business.


The lawmaker said he was proud of himself for touching lives of many Nigerians, attracted and facilitated various development infrastructures to his constituency including his Idjerhe kingdom, while he represented his people in the House of Reps.


He said he has taken his campaign to all nook and corner of Delta Central in compliance with the electoral law and was confident of victory at the polls.


His words “I have been in parliament all through my life. I was elected to Delta State House of Assembly though shortly before the military came into power. I was again elected to represent Ethiope Federal constituency at the House Representative Abuja. Because of my legislative performance, I was given a National Award of Officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (OFR) by incumbent President Good-luck Jonathan. I have helped Nigeria in many ways. Some of the NDDC projects in place were done by me. When I was chairman, petroleum committee, I sponsored so many agencies for instance, the PPRA. I also put 20 youths in the Nigerian Police Force (NFP) just in a day and one of them is now the Commissioner of Police of Rivers State.



He noted that the struggle for the forthcoming National Assembly elections is strictly for parliamentary business and not commissionership, not to become a Minister or a party chairman as some persons were taking it. It is a legislative business in which the only language recognized is English, he reiterated.


Agoda boasted that he is versed in the use and command of the English Language for which he earned so much respect from friends and colleagues.


According to him, “I have stood on the floor of the National Assembly to move series of motions; I have sponsored series of motions that have impacted positively on the lives of many Nigerians”.


He said he was not perturbed over the presence of his political rivals pointing out that he was an inside caucus of the National Assembly, who did not only know what constitute a motion but also how to draft, move and implement motions.


He, however, urged his Delta central people to collect their PVCs with a counsel never to exchange them for stomach infrastructures stressing that the PVCs are their sovereignty.


“My message to the Delta central people is that the PVC is their guide and they should not let it out. Because, sovereignty belongs to the people according to section 12 of the 1999 constitution as amended. And when the people guide their PVCs, then they control that sovereignty. With the PVCs, the electorates can enthrone a government that is of God”. Agoda said.